Name: Mr. Bridger
Aka's: n/a
Nationality: British
Role: English Mob Boss
Previous Convictions: many!

Memorable Quote:
"Well, I hope he likes spaghetti.. they serve it four times a day in the Italian prisons"

Real name: Noël Peirce Coward
Born: 16th December 1899 in Teddington, Middlesex, UK
Died: 26th March 1973 in Jamaica. (heart attack)

Graham Payn was his longtime companion, lover and executor of his estate.
They lived together for years, sharing a seaside home near Dover, UK.

Knighted in 1970

BIOGRAPHY - A Glimpse...

Concept of Englishness...
Noel Coward virtually invented the concept of Englishness for the 20th Century.
An astounding dramatist, actor, writer, composer, lyricist, painter and wit - he was defined by his Englishness as much as he defined it.

Born into a musical family he was soon treading the boards in various music hall shows where he met a young girl called Gertrude Lawrence, a friendship and working partnership that lasted until her death.

On stage by the age of six...
At six years old Coward was on stage, and wrote his first drama a decade later. He visited New York in 1921 and brought back the pace of Broadway to the jazz mad British 1920's.
He went from strength to strenghtand his style was copied everywhere, as quite normal Englishmen donned dressing gownsand smoked cigarettes in long.

Cowards between-the-wars celebrity reached a peak in 1930 with 'Private Lives' by which time he had become the highest earning author in the Western World.
With the Second World War he redifined the spirit of the country in films such as 'This Happy Breed', 'In Which We Serve', 'Blithe Spirit' and, 'Brief Encounter'.

Post-war Coward reinvented himself, this time as a hip cabaret singer.

In the 1960s his play 'Hay Fever' was the first work by a living author to be produced at the National Theatre.

In 1970 he was knighted, and died in his beloved Jamaica on 26 March 1973.

Since his death his reputation has grown and despite his obvious homosexual lifestyle he was taken to the hearts of the people and soon grew into one of the most popular writer/performers of the time.

HRH The Prince Edward unveiled a statue of Coward at a gathering of the Broadway theatre community on Monday, 1 March 1999 at the Gershwin Theatre (221 West 51st St.).
The ceremony was the first in a year-long series of events in New York celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of the British playwright, songwriter and performer

His mother named him Noel because his birthday arrived so close to Christmas. Was performing onstage before he was 10 and wrote some 140 plays, and hundreds of songs.

Worked undercover for British Intellegence during WWII.


"If you'd been any prettier, it would have been Florence of Arabia."
- (Noel Coward to O'Toole)

"Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the mid-day sun."

"Everybody worships me, it's nauseating."

"I never care who scored the goal, or which side won the silver cup- I never learned to bat or bowl- But I heard the curtain going up."

"Wit is like caviar - it should be served in small portions and not spread about like marmalade."

"I don't much care for Hollywood, I'd rather have a nice cup of cocoa."

"My life really has been one long extravaganza."

" My importance to the world is relatively small. On the other hand, my importance to myself is tremendous. I am all I have to work with, to play with, to suffer and to enjoy. It is not the eyes of others that I am wary of, but of my own. I do not intend to let myself down more than I can possibly help, and I find that the fewer illusions I have about myself or the world around me, the better company I am for myself."

Last Words:
"Good night My darlings. I'll see You in the morning."

Career Information


Relative Values (2000) (play)
Sidste akt (1987) (play)
Bon Voyage (1985) (TV) (story)
Me and the Girls (1985) (TV) (story)
Mr. and Mrs. Edgehill (1985) (TV) (story)
Star Quality (1985) (TV) (story)
Mrs. Capper's Birthday (1985) (TV) (story)
The Marquise (1980) (TV) (play)
Design for Living (1979) (TV) (play)
Brief Encounter (1974) (TV) (play Still Life)
A Song at Twilight (1973) (TV)
Hay Fever (1968) (TV)
Pretty Polly (1967)
Markisinnan (1964) (TV)
Möblemang i ek (1963) (TV) (play)
Meet Me Tonight (1952)
The Astonished Heart (1949)
Brief Encounter (1946)
Blithe Spirit (1945)
This Happy Breed (1944)
We Were Dancing (1942)
In Which We Serve (1942)
Bitter Sweet (1940)
Private Lives (1939) (TV)
Les Amants terribles (1936)
Design for Living (1933)
Cavalcade (1933)
Tonight Is Ours (1933)
The Vortex (1928)
Easy Virtue (1927)
The Queen Was in the Parlour (1927)



The James Bond Story (1999) (TV)(Archive Footage)
Boom (1968)
Androcles and the Lion (1967) (TV)
Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965)
Paris - When It Sizzles (1964)
Surprise Package (1960)
Our Man in Havana (1960)
Around the World in Eighty Days (1956)
The Astonished Heart (1949)
In Which We Serve (1942)
The Scoundrel (1935)
Hearts of the World (1918)


The Grass Is Greener (1960)
The Astonished Heart (1949)
This Happy Breed (1944)
In Which We Serve (1942)
Bitter Sweet (1940)
The Scoundrel(1935)
Bitter Sweet (1933)

Brief Encounter (1946)
Blithe Spirit (1945)
This Happy Breed (1944)
In Which We Serve (1942)


Lyricist for 'The Grass Is Greener' (1960) and 'Bitter Sweet' (1940).
Directed 'In Which We Serve' (1942)

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